Multifunction models: It’s hard to find a printer that just prints anymore—but why would you want one? A multifunction printer that includes a scanner makes it easy for you to create copies or digitize documents. Unless you’re super-duper-sure that all you want to do is print, get a multifunction printer for the versatility.
A service like temporarily hosts files you attach on its own servers, then sends the document to your printer for output to unshackle you from the confines of a tethered connection. HP and Kodak also just added e-mail print to their feature portfolio, letting users print any document or picture from the Web by attaching it to a message and sending it to a unique e-mail address assigned to every printer.
Unlike industrial machines (and ), which print objects in an enclosed, piston-like build volume, [Aad’s] addon simply prints the object within the heap of powder it lays down on the build plate. [Aad] provides PC software that processes 3D models from the STL and OBJ format into printable G-code and streams the instructions to both the printer and the addon. It also generates support walls around the model to stabilize the powder heap.